Alameda County has a great diversity of tick species, but there are only three species of commonly encountered ticks that may pose a public health risk. Adult and immature ticks can be found in many of the popular wooded areas, trails, and recreational parks throughout the county, especially in those that experience moderate temperatures and high humidity.
If you are bitten by a tick, please contact us or submit an online request for service. Our District will identify the tick and, if necessary, provide information where to submit the tick for disease testing. If the tick was collected from a property in Alameda County, we can conduct an on-site inspection and evaluation.
Unlike mosquitoes, ticks will crawl around the host’s body and hunt for a suitable location to attach and start feeding. The length of time that ticks feed and attach onto the host will depend on the tick’s life stage and species but can be from fifteen minutes to several days. Frequent tick checks on your body and your pets while out in the woods, and removing outer layers of clothing after returning home can help prevent tick bites.
Lyme disease is the most reported vector-borne disease in the U. S., with an estimated 300,000 people infected annually. In California, the Western black-legged tick is the only known vector of Lyme disease. Prevention (staying on the center of trails and avoiding contact with bushes, leaf litter and logs) and proper precautions (wearing clothing that covers the skin, and using repellents) may reduce the risk of contracting Lyme disease.
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